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Creating a "Vegan Games" olympics (like the Gay Ga

#1 Postby Jabba » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:35 pm

I got this idea from hearing about the Commonwealth Games and the Gay Games.

http://www.gaygames.com/en/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Games

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_games

These are olympic-type events that cater to a certain demographic, so maybe we could have an olympics of our own, just for us vegans? Though I think I read that the Gay Games does not restrict heterosexuals from competing.

I understand that there wouldn't be many competitors, since vegans are such a tiny percentage of the population, and that certain countries would be overrepresented (eg. England, USA, Israel, Netherlands would probably have more vegans than, say, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Poland)
http://www.ivu.org/news/95-96/general.html

We would have it so that there wouldn't be a minimum standard of difficulty. For example, the gymnasts wouldn't have to have completed Level 10 in order to compete. If the gymnast was just at Level 4 or Level 6, they would be allowed to come. Heck, so few competitors would show up for the event that I'd even allow Level 1's!

Since it would occur in one city, most athletes would probably not have the money for plane tickets to attend, so we could start up a charity to raise money to help pay for the athlete's hotel bill and plane tickets. On the other hand, this would probably be a bad idea, because not only would we probably not get many donations, and the money we raise would probably do the animals more good if we spent it on spaying or on copies of "Why Vegan?" booklets.

We'd also probably have a disproportionately high number of cyclists and an underrepresentation of target shooters/biathlon people. That is just my guess though.

Discuss the pros and cons of this idea.

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#2 Postby willpeavy » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:04 pm

True, probably not the best way to promote veganism. But still it is a good idea because it would probably be a lot of fun for everyone involved
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#3 Postby runner » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:13 am

I happen to know 2 posih vegans :)

but i think events like the vegan fitness/ sports week this summer in sweden are fun as well and unite instead off divide..

I support vegans that are in the olimpics from all country's

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#4 Postby Jabba » Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:47 pm

runner,

Did you mean "Polish" instead of "posih"? Yes, I know some vegan who live in Poland too, but I still think that Poland probably wouldn't send as many vegan athletes off as, say, England.

Yes, if there were any vegans in the Olympics (like in Vancouver 2010), I would be happy about that, but I'm not sure if a vegan athlete has ever competed in the Olympics. I know vegetarians have (like Mohini Bhardwaj), but vegans? I would be curious to find out.

Do you know of a website for this Swedish vegan sports week? I would be interested to see it.

If our movement had an infinite amount of money and resources, and there was no ecological or labour damage involved, it would be fun to participate in an event like that! Even though I am near beginner level, and most of the vegans at such an event would be beginners (since professional vegan athletes are in the single digits, I'm assuming), it would be fun to perform in front of an audience!

Here's another example of an "Olympics-with-a-focus" event:

Maccabi Games for Jewish athletes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabiah_Games
http://www.jccmaccabi.org/index_home.php

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#5 Postby runner » Thu Apr 06, 2006 3:41 am

My spelling is not good.. not in english not in spanish and not in dutch
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carl lewis was vegan when he did the olimpics!!!

there was one canadian short track relay guy in last olimpics.

might be some more vegans..

here is some info on the sports week. (there will be lots off sports and lots off vegans!!!)

[quote]http://www.veganfitness.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=25[/quot]


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